Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Invisible Vintage Holiday Towels

I hung up my sweet vintage holiday hand towels a few weeks ago and had a good laugh as I thought about the last time I saw them.  I've been hanging these "just look, don't you dare use them" towels in a corner of my laundry room/half bathroom for years.

Every December I remove the vintage towels that hang here during the year and replace them with these cross stitch towels my mom made in the early 50's.   The stitching and thread color is like new and the little rhinestone she added at the top is still holding on.  I love them just the way they are.

I wasn't laughing at the wrinkles that will not iron out.

I wasn't laughing at the stain or the stiffness from the old starch.  I was 
laughing at myself.  Questioning my sanity, or at least my eyesight.

The last time my friend Pam and her daughter Leah were here, they both commented on my pretty towels.  There was a friendly sarcasm in their comment which soon turned to laughter. They weren't laughing at the towels I usually have hanging there, they were laughing at my Merry Christmas and Happy New Year towels because....

it was March.  Not early March, but late March and way past the legal grace period for taking down holiday decorations.  I use this room every day and clean it on a regular basis (I do, I really do).  They weren't hanging there because I was procrastinating about putting them away, they were still hanging there because I never noticed them.  How scary is that?  
I asked my sons and Mr. MST about them, but they just thought I wanted them there.  After all these years they've learned not to question my decorating decisions.  


  1. I'm laughing with you not at you! I too have found something that stayed out way too long and became invisible. Now I ask to make sure I don't miss anything...LOL...very cute towels by the way! hugs, Linda

  2. I wouldn't question your decorating agenda!!! What a good laugh...sometimes men are smart....after all!

  3. I am laughing with you, not at you, because I do the same type of things. I get so use to seeing something, I get to the point I don't see it any more.

  4. Too funny!! I do adore the precious hand towels!!

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  5. Hi Betsy...this is so funny and, a little scary...seems a lot of us have this same problem, I know I do and isn't it funny how you really ~don't~ see something until it is pointed out to you! Oh well...


  6. Great towels! No matter how hard I look for every little bit of Christmas magic that I have carefully placed...a couple of things always appear a week or two later. I think they hide and wait just to be difficult!!

  7. I love them what a great treasure and moment with you and your mom :)

  8. I'm laughing with you, something I would do!!! What lovely towels, Betsy, definite treasures!!!


  9. They are gorgeous, I love the detailed ornaments! Hmmm...methinks you might consider framing them someday?

  10. I can relate. We're all so busy that it's easy to overlook things. But in your case, I think it's a good thing - the towels are darling! Love them. I'm your newest follower and I hope you can pop over to Cottage and Creek and follow back.

  11. I love the towels, and I have to confess, I have done the same thing.....sometimes we just get so busy~ Happy VTT

  12. That's a funny story - it could happen to any of us!!! The towels are really cute - nice that you have them....

  13. These are very nice towels full of great memories.

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  15. What wonderful family heirloom towels! They really are beautiful :)

  16. I've done that not seen something right before my eyes! What a treasure you have, they are sooo pretty!!


  17. They are adorable! I have those kind of do not touch towels too. FUnny though when certain people come to visit I put them away LOL! I just know they will use them. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  18. That's hilarious! (I do love the towels and their sentimentality.) If it helps any at all, we threw away our live/dead Christmas tree in June one year. Yes, it was outside, but still. I wondered what the neighbors thought?

  19. Wow.

    You have those men in your life trained well.

    I realized when I got back here to Deadwood that I had a Christmas snowflake still hanging in the living room.

    At first that doesn't sound too bad since I had been gone for over six months.

    But then you must remember that when I left, it was mid-MAY.....


  20. Hi Betsy,

    Your towels are priceless.

    What a wonderful rememberance.

    That is what we all love about Christmas time...all of the memories that flood our minds as we journey through the holiday.



    ps...I will be using this comment in a post...the words just came out so right.


  21. Betsy, you are the winner of the Union Jack pillow and ASCP apron. Email me at and I will send Robyn Story designs your info tomorrow.

  22. How funny! It shows how we ignore so many things around us that we get used to seeing. That's why we need to shop....alot!

  23. These are adorable!

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  24. OMGosh Miss Betsy, that is too funny!
    I have to show this post to Mr. CB so he can see that I'm not the only one that has towels "for display only".
    And though I haven't done that yet, this totally sounds like something I would do. lol



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